Artist’s for Australia Art Auction

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011

Overview of Artists for Australia in Providence, Rhode Island

I recently participated in a local art auction sponsored by the Rhode Island Singer Songwriters Association. The event took place Friday, February 17th at 6pm at Sidebar Bistro on Weybosset St. in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mark Cutler, and Marc Douglas kept the night rolling with great music.

The event was to raise money for Australia. Significant flooding occurred in many areas of Queensland during late December 2010 and early January of 2011, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone.

About the Disaster

Anna Bligh, the Premier of Queensland, launched a disaster relief appeal to help those affected by wide spread flooding in Queensland. The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal has been extended to include people affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

The Premier announced the establishment of a distribution Committee, which includes representatives from the Australian Red Cross, to manage the disbursement of the donated funds.

Sidebar Bistro Auction

Thirty four pieces were held up for auction in order to raise money for the cause. Sixteen artists contributed, including Brian Alves, Kate True,  Jurien Higgins, Eleanor Sabin, Jesse Thompson, Marc Mannheimer, Jeff Golenski,  Noel Pantoine, Ben Gencarelle, Uli Gencarlle, Tasha Ludovici, Amanda Landin, Antjuan Oden, myself (Rob Erskine), Karyn Jimenez, and Christopher Rosario.

Rob Erskine - Providence Designer Framed Print

Rob Erskine - Framed Moon Print // photo credit to Karyn Jimenez

The event was majorly run by Johnson & Wales students. I was fortunate enough to be among those same students as an art contributor. I designed a print inspired by the Providence Skyline using positive / negative colors with a baroque enthused background. Dimension was developed primarily through the perspective of the windows within the buildings. All of my prints were auctioned off and raised $125 for the cause.

Brian Alves, another contributing artist, printed out my pieces on 12″ x 18″ Cotton Rag paper with Archival InkJet ink.

It was also great to see all of the student generated collateral promoting the event. It was exciting to see my name and biography within the handouts. The auction raised over $2,000 for the Disaster Relief Appeal. Thanks to Michelle Morin, Brian Alves, Christopher Rosario, and all the students involved for organizing such a great event.

It was beyond awesome to see my piece framed in a gallery, to be able to work with great people, and to contribute to such a cause. I look forward to similar events in the future.

To view more photos from the event, check out Karyn Jimenez’ Flickr Gallery.

If you would like to contribute to the cause please check out the donation website. If you have your own charity experience, please share it in the comments.